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Storage Units for Rent has useful tips about self storing, storage warehouses and facilities and how the process works, also you will find links to several online directories for storage units in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Asia.


Self storage warehouse sign (Click to enlarge)
Self storage warehouse sign
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How self storage renting works…
“Self storage” is short for “self-service storage”, and is also known as mini storage or “mini warehouse”. Public Self storage facilities lease space to individuals, usually storing household goods, or to small businesses, usually storing excess inventory or archived records. The rented spaces, are “units” (“rooms” or “lockers”), usually secured by the tenant’s own lock and key. Generally, facility operators do not have casual access to the contents of the space, unlike a professional warehouseman.

In most instances, a self storage operator never takes possession, care, custody or control of the contents of the storage rental space unless a lien is imposed for non-payment of rent. Self storage facility operators frequently provide controlled access to rental space areas, individual door alarms, interior units lights, and security cameras. Generally, goods or items stored are not insured by the self storage operator; they are stored at the tenant’s “own risk” or protected by tenant-purchased insurance.

Outdoor self storage units for rent (Click to enlarge)
Outdoor Self Storage Units for Rent


“Renting a self-storage unit isn’t as simple as choosing the most convenient location and locking your possessions inside a garage-type storage space. Smart consumers always compare prices and features before making large investments in goods or services. With new self-storage facilities popping up every day, most consumers have the choice of several within their local area.”J.E.Davidson

Storage warehouses (Click to enlarge)
Storage Warehouses


The provision to customers of space for the storage of goods, subject to certain restrictions, is a business running with the purpose of bring storing services where the storage space offers exclusive use of a storage area that can be secured to prevent access except by the customer, and a storage space that is in a fixed location and is never moved while in use (unless you are renting a Portable Storage Unit).

The customer has unrestricted access to the storage area during site opening hours, although some storage facilities offer 24/7 access. The majority of public self storage companies nowadays are taking very seriously the security of your belongings, and they are setting up secured systems with computerized electronic access, cameras, even photo ID scanning systems. Transfer of goods into and out of the storage area can be completed by the customers themselves and without the use of machinery. Some storage warehouses offer moving and truck rental services. You might find some storage companies offering free move-in and/or move-out services.


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More information about self storage:


Wikipedia – Additional information about Self storage in general.

Bukisa – Article with tips about self storing, storage facilities and storage units.

WiseGeek – Article with more information about the benefits and usage of climate controlled units.

Links to Self Storage Units for Rent
SelfStorage: Find Self Storage Facilities around US.Self Storage Finders: US self storage directory.

US Storage Search: Self storage units for rent and moving storage spaces in USA.

The Canadian Self Storage Guide: Canada’s directory of public self storage units for rent.

HelpINeedStorage: Find self storage facilities across UK & Eire.

Self Storage Choice: Find storage facilities across Australia.

Eguide: Self storage units for rent in Asia.

Self Storages: Self storage and mini storage for sale plus building, financing, buying, selling and managing Self Storage.


Companies offering public self storage units for rent usually offer storage services on a month-to-month basis in US (week-to-week on UK), or by setting up a short or long lease. Self storage units for rent come in several sizes, from small boxes or lockers from 5’x5′ to very large storage places where you can store your business goods, even a Boat, car or RV. For those needed to rent storage units to store sensitive goods, most of the storage warehouses offer insurance plans, although some other places required that you already have your own insurance over the good or items to store. Also for these kind of items there are Climate controlled storage units for rent, temperaure and humidy are strictly controlled to keep your belongings safe and secure.

Prices for renting a storage units vary from place to place, and can include additional services like free moving, 24/7 access, storage and moving supplies and special security systems.

Self storage facilities (Click to enlarge)
Self Storage Facilities – Items Stored


Things to do before storing your good in your unit:


  • Make a list of all the packing supplies you will need. Such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, marking pens, damp rid, rope, and pallets.
  • Visit the facility or if possible the actual self storage unit in which you want to store your items. Take a list of what you are going to be storing so that the manager can help you determine the correct size for your needs.
  • Schedule your mover 30-45 days in advance.
  • Be sure to read the lease before signing it. Make sure you are aware of company policies on moving out, paying the rent and other important information. Remember in the US, storage companies can take your stored stuff and auction it off if you don’t pay on time or according the agreement.
  • If you are using a moving company, find out what size truck they will be using. This is valuable in determining if your unit will be accessible to that truck. Most moving companies charge more the farther they have to carry your things.